22:25 GMT27 January 2020
Listen Live
    Get short URL
    0 71

    Disciplinary measures ranging from demotion in rank to court martial are possible for nine US sailors involved in the May spill of 94,000 gallons of JP-5 jet fuel in Virginia, Rear Adm. Jack Scorby said on Friday.

    The huge fuel spill at Virginia Beach has already imposed $3.8 million in unwanted costs on the US Navy. According to an unclassified Navy Fuel Specification Standardization report, the service presently uses Naval Distillate Fuel (NDF) F-76 as well as JP-5 for aircraft.

    The sailors botched a transfer of the fossil fuel from an oil tanker to the Naval Air Station Oceana Base in Virginia Beach, the admiral told reporters.

    JP-5 contamination can do major damage to wildlife and ecosystems. The Agency for Toxic Substances & Disease Registry notes that inhalation, ingestion and skin contact with JP-5 causes “damage to the liver, decreased immune response, impaired performance on neurological function tests, and impaired hearing.“

    The Houston Chronicle reported that 1,500 animals were killed in the incident. 


    US Attack Submarine Columbus Makes Port Visit in Singapore - Navy
    US Navy Admirals Under Investigation Over Interfering in SEAL Rape Case
    US Navy’s $4.8 bln Unfunded Priorities Wishlist Includes 24 Planes, No Ships
    US Navy Destroyer Crashes Into Merchant Ship Off the Japanese Coast
    US Warships Strike Daesh Targets From Eastern Mediterranean - Navy
    Community standardsDiscussion
    Comment via FacebookComment via Sputnik